Lately I’ve been getting quite a few questions about how I create photo collages and bright white images, so while I’m in Tulum I thought I’d share a few of my behind the scenes, go-to tips and items for creating blog posts and DIY’s.
If you regularly read the blog, you’ll know that white backgrounds are pretty much my go to, which also means that I need something that can survive everything from icing, craft paint, glue, and just about anything else you can think of. Instead of using white paper or foam boards that tend to bend or need thrown away pretty quickly, I always go to the Ikea As-is section and buy mismatched kitchen cabinet doors or bookshelves that I can just wipe clean when I’m finished and then stow away in a closet. But just in case you don’t have an Ikea on hand, there’s always my secret online photo resizer for saving time, too…Read More
Depending on how you look at it, I could technically call these “no-bake edible gold leaf macarons” on account of the fact that I bought them instead of actually making them . I’ve only ever tried to make macarons from scratch once in my lifetime and out two dozen, only one and a half of them looked cute enough for pictures. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that a macaron that isn’t picture worthy is quite the tragedy.
Luckily, a local bakery and Sur La Table can change that around pretty quickly by combing edible gold leaf and the prettiest cookie on earth into one little handful of happiness with these edible gold macarons.
Ingredients (if you can call them that in this instance):
Edible gold leaf is SUPER fragile. I mean, if you breathe too hard it will fly away, so you’ll definitely need a delicate touch for this.
All you have to do though is slice a bit of gold from a sheet and use the brush to place it randomly onto the macaron and tap it down gently to make it stay. To really smooth out the edges, you can just use clean, dry hands by tapping it down quickly. Don’t touch the gold directly from the sheet (or any other surface) because it will stick to just about anything.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can finish the rest of the macarons. I liked the worn look that placing the gold randomly gave, but you could also try stenciling!
When Kerri from Treatsie asked if I wanted to try out their boxes I obviously replied back with “Yes, is twelve too many?”… okay not really, but obviously I was excited considering sugar is half of the title around here. Of course I had to add my touch of DIY, so I decided I’d show you how I’d serve hot chocolate sticks since my box was filled with Pop Bar hot chocolate sticks, salted caramel chocolates, gourmet caramels, and peanut brittle.
Don’t worry, you can still make your own version of this because they’re giving away a three month subscription to one Sugar & Cloth reader just in time for Valentine’s! That’s right, a free gift for your Valentine that you happen to get to enjoy too, I call that a steal my friends.
Here’s how to keep your guests wanting to take pictures of every last second of your hot chocolate date…